The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53-55G9 is a laptop targeted towards budget gamers. It boasts 256 GB of storage, Nvidia GeForce Graphics and an Intel i5 quad-core processor at a more affordable price than most gaming laptops.

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I stripped my heatsink screws which are too tight

hey guys, I own a nitro 5 gtx1060 16GB.

I bought it last year and have been experiencing fps drops and my performance is affected. So i read online and found out that other nitro 5 users are also encountering the same issue and many managed to solve the overheating issue just by reapplying the thermal paste with something of better quality.

So I took apart my laptop and as i was attempting to unscrew the heatsink, i realised that the screws were too tight and my screwdrivers could not unscrew it ( i was using the normal screwdriver, not those electrical drills ones ). And after several attempts with other screwheads, i was still unable to unscrew it. Now all of the screws are stripped and I still unable to remove the heatsinks.

Tried using duct tape to wrap the screwdriver heads to unscrew the stripped screws but it didnt work

Any suggestions on how I can unscrew those TINY screws which are stripped?

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How to Remove a Stripped Screw


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Did you try using a rubber band? Make sure it's wider and kinda thick(Similar to one's you might see on disk drives where the motor shaft is connected to a gear with a wider rubber band)

Put the wider part of rubber band so that it fills the stripped screw and apply gentle pressure(BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK ANYTHING) and unscrew it and see if it works.


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